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West Holmes FFA members participated in the District 2 speaking contest

On February 16th, 4 West Holmes FFA members participated in the District 2 speaking contest hosted virtually by Bellevue and Plymouth. Jayme Pennell participated in the Extemporaneous speaking, which is when you are given a topic and research it for 30 minutes, then form a speech which must be 4-6 minutes in length, Jayme received 1st. Garrett Hoiun participated in prepared speaking which is a 6-8 minute long speech over an agricultural-related topic, Garrett received 2nd place. Becca Schuch participated in the beginning prepared, which is a 4-6 minute long speech about an agricultural-related topic. Becca was 1st in her division. Emily Sheely participated in the creed speaking contest, where she recited the FFA Creed and answered questions about it, Emily received 3rd place. Jayme will be competing at the state competition on March 6th!

On February 9th, 4 West Holmes FFA members participated in the Sub-District speaking contest. Jayme Pennell participated in exempt speaking and was 2nd.… Continue reading

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Bowering Takes 3rd at District Speech Contest

By Messina Reesman, Chapter Reporter 2021

On February 16th, Amber Bowering of the Bellevue FFA competed in the extemporaneous public speaking contest of the District 2 FFA Virtual Public Speaking Contest.

Amber, who qualified by winning first in the sub-district, drew her topic, researched and prepared her speech, and was then ushered in front of a panel of 3 judges.  At the close of a close competition, Amber finished 3rd in the district contest.… Continue reading

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Zane Trace FFA Members Hold 43rd Annual Sausage Breakfast

Snow, wind, cold temperatures and COVID couldn’t stop the Zane Trace FFA Chapter and Adult Farmers Club from holding their annual Sausage Breakfast on Friday, February 5th at Zane Trace High School. During the week leading up to the event FFA members came to the ZT Cafeteria kitchen on a snow day to cut, season and grind meat from eight hogs that were purchased from Bay’s Food Market in Lancaster. Members of the ZT Adult Farmers club and Zane Trace Cafeteria staff instructed and assisted them in this task. The members then stuffed the sausage into casings and rolled them into links the next day.

On Friday, February 5th forty-five members of the chapter were involved in preparing and serving the sausage along with pancakes, coffee and orange juice to community members who attended the breakfast. This year due to COVID protocols, the members offered a drive through lane for meals in addition to the usual carry out and sit down options.… Continue reading

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Communicating about stress with youth: Knowing when to ask for help

It has been a tough, stressful few years for the farming, and our youth are not immune to the stressors affecting their families. Living through a pandemic has also changed the way our youth our being asked to live, adding many unknowns to their lives.

The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) and Ohio State University Extension want to reach out to our FFA members and their families to get the conversation started about how stress affects how we live, love, laugh, and play and offer available resources for mental wellness. Jami Dellifield, a Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Educator and an experienced mental health educator, and Katie Boyer, a communications specialist, designed a 40- to 80-minute program for youth and would welcome the opportunity to present it to FFA chapters (during the school day or for an evening event).

The discussion-based presentation will cover:

  • Identifying signs and symptoms of stress  
  • How to speak to a friend or family member 
  • Resources available for help.
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Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter Competes in County, District Public Speaking Career Development Events

Recently the Miami County and District 5 FFA Public Speaking Career Development Events were held. The County competition was held Wednesday, February 3, hosted by the Upper Valley Career Center in Piqua. Miami County FFA Chapters participating included Bradford, Covington, Miami East, Milton Union, Newton, and Upper Valley Career Center. The top two speakers in each category advanced to the district competition.


The District 5 FFA Public Speaking Contest was held Wednesday, February 4. It was held virtually and coordinated by Versailles High School. District 5 consists of schools from Auglaize, Darke, Mercer, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, and Shelby Counties.


FFA members competing in the FFA Creed Speaking Event memorized and recited the FFA Creed and answered questions on their interpretation of the FFA Creed. This contest is open to first year members only. Representing Miami East-MVCTC were Fletcher Harris and Alaina Helsinger. Helsinger placed third in the county. Harris placed second and advanced to the district competition where he placed fifth.… Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC FFA Competes in State Competition

Recently, the junior and senior FFA members of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter competed in the Ohio FFA Grain Merchandising Career Development Event of Grain Merchandising.


The Grain Merchandising event consisted of an online test which evaluated participant’s knowledge of grain merchandising options for farmers and past and current grain marketing trends. 


The team placed 3rd out over 40 teams in the state. Team members were Lauren Wright, Isabella Waite, Samuel Sutherly, and Gretchen Stevens. The team earned a banner for the Miami East Agriculture Classroom. The highest individual from Miami East was Lauren Wright. Lauren was the first place individual in the state out of 303 individuals.  

Members taking the test were Lauren Wright, Isabella Waite, Samuel Sutherly, Gretchen Stevens, Rylee Puthoff, Libby Carpenter, Seth Wells, Sarah Blocher, Katie Larson, Anthony Putnam, Evan Massie, Erin Baker, Paige Pence, Brayden Ingle, Makayla Brittain, Morgan Nosker, Leann Vernon, Anna Broerman, Meadow Powers, Adam Bensman, Carter Gilbert, Kaitlyn Roop, Chloe Gump, Jimmy Sutherly and Emma Sutherly.… Continue reading

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February FFA Member of the Month

Gretchen Stevens

The February 2021 Miami East-MVCTC FFA Member of the Month is Gretchen Stevens. She is a junior and third year member of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter. Her parents are Nathaniel and Janet Stevens of Troy

Gretchen has excelled in Career Development Events thus far this school year. She placed 3rd in the District 5 FFA Job Interview competition and was a member of the Grain Merchandising team that placed 3rd in the state. She has also participated in the Wildlife Management and Food Science and Technology events. Her Supervised Agricultural Experiences consists of making and marketing dog chew toys.

Every month of the school year the Miami East-MVCTC FFA will select a student to be the FFA Member of the Month.  The officer team will nominate one member that has been actively involved in the FFA chapter, school and community activities.  If selected, the member will be recognized at the monthly FFA meeting, have their picture displayed in the Miami East Ag Room, and will receive a special accolade in celebration of their accomplishment.… Continue reading

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Benjamin Logan FFA Members awarded Scholarships

Ryder Pennington

Benjamin Logan FFA Members, Alicia Jenkins and Ryder Pennington, were each awarded a $250 Scholarship from The Wells Foundation to pursue their Supervised Agricultural Experiences.  Jenkins will be using her monies to complete her first year of a Logan County Fair Market Goat Project, while Pennington will use his monies to purchase materials to build a drone.  Both students interviewed with The Wells Foundation Co-Founder, Tony Wells.  Wells was impressed by the maturity of both candidates and how focused they were on their goals. He expressed that they were both exceptional candidates and their work ethic was to be commended.  Wells is a graduate of Benjamin Logan High School and supporter of the Benjamin Logan FFA.… Continue reading

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Utica FFA Participates in Agricultural Biotechnology CDE

By: Georgia Gamble, 2020-2021 Reporter

Congratulations to our Ag Biotechnology team! On 1/22/2021,  five members of the Utica FFA chapter participated in this career development event (CDE).  During this CDE, the team members identified lab equipment, read an SDS sheet, took a general knowledge exam and complete a lab practicum. This team placed 6th out of 27 teams.  This means they will earn a plaque, which will go on the wall outside of our classroom.  Our competitors were: Georgia Gamble- 15th, Kenneth Davenport-19th, Kathryn Ramseyer-27th,  Jenna Owens-82nd, and Zachery Cyphers 156th out of 238 participants.  Great job to all our team members!

 Kathryn Ramseyer, Kenneth Davenport, and Georgia Gamble
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Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter competes State Biotechnology Competition

Recently several members of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter completed an Ohio FFA State Career Development Event. The students learned agriculture industry related information and applied their knowledge to online testing. 

The Agricultural Biotechnology team placed 4th in the state and earned a banner for the classroom. They demonstrated their knowledge of research advancement in the agriculture industry, equipment used in a lab, and other biotechnology industry related topics. 

The highest placing individuals from Miami East were Lauren Wright, Luke Brunke, Chloe Gump, and Adi Richter. All four placed in the top 30 of the contest. 

Additional team members were Kylie Haught, Keira Kirby, Katelynn Dill, Dottie Everett, Isaac Beal, Ashlee Deaton, Syndey Brittain, Jillian Niswonger, Keyara Davis, Sumsaar Thapa, Sera Rush, Kendal Staley, Madison Avey, Alex Fergerson, Trenton Maxson, Megan Gilliland, Matthew Osting, Dustin Winner, Annabelle Penny, Ethan Fine, and Ethan Paulus. There were almost 240 individuals in the competition.… Continue reading

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Anthony Wayne-Penta FFA Places 2nd in Ohio Agricultural Biotechnology Career Development Event

By: Vesta Miller, 2020-2021 Anthony Wayne FFA Reporter Article

The Ohio FFA Agricultural Biotechnology Career Development Event was held virtually on Friday, January 22, 2021. The team of Oliver Aldridge, Kori Miller, Sydney Shafer, Oliva Sulaica, Lydia Swartz, Kate Tanner, Nick Wacha, Sean Wiese, Anna Wright, and  Jake Zajkowski took a test over their knowledge of agricultural biotechnology and laboratory skills. They also identified laboratory equipment. Students interpreted a SDS sheet and troubleshooted safety issues for their practicums this year. The team placed 2nd in the state, and Oliva Sulaica placed 7th overall as an individual! Lydia Swartz stated, “It was very rewarding to place high in a contest as a class for something that we worked hard at.” Anthony Wayne FFA is a satellite of Penta Career Center.… Continue reading

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Message from Ohio FFA President Bethany Starlin

Message from Ohio FFA President 

Bethany Starlin

Finally, the moment we’ve all been waiting for…welcome to 2021! Many of us may have quickly put 2020 behind us due to the many hardships it presented. Nevertheless, it is important that we reflect on the great strides that our association has made and recognize the accomplishments of our members.

In a time when it would have been easier to close the door and say, “we’ll try again next year,” our association decided instead to think outside of the box and seek ways to continually offer unique opportunities to our more than 25,000 members. It is an honor to say that over the past year Ohio FFA has not cancelled a single state-wide leadership event, but instead transformed the delivery model. The virtual world we live in can be difficult to navigate but it also offers the unique ability to bring us closer together while still keeping us [physically] apart.… Continue reading

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Utica FFA Chapter Winter Recap

By: Georgia Gamble, Utica FFA Reporter 

The Utica FFA chapter participated in a virtual food science competition in the latter part of 2020. The team plays 48 out of 61 teams. Kenneth Davenport placed 27th and Lindsay Gray placed 238th. Zachary Cyphers participated in this event, but due to technical difficulties he was not scored.

Belle Ellis
Chris Young
Brianne Priest

Three members participated in the virtual district job interview. Bella Ellis placed third and Chris Young and Brianne Priest both placed fourth in their respective age groups.

Last of all, 16 of Utica’s FFA Chapter members attended the Virtual Leadership Night along with other chapters from different schools over ZOOM. They learned about how to work with partners in groups, and what the strengths and weaknesses are utilizing both ways. Secondly, they were taught the importance of perseverance through examples of people who had great breakthroughs after failing many times.… Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC FFA Attends Virtual State Leadership Night

By: Libby Carpenter, Chapter Reporter

The Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter recently attended an Ohio FFA Virtual State Leadership Night with the theme of “Failure Is Not An Option.”  The event was coordinated by the Upper Valley Career Center FFA Chapter.

State FFA Officers coordinated the video workshop. Representing the Ohio FFA Association were Kyra Davidson, State Vice President at Large from the Felicity-Franklin FFA Chapter, Joe Helterbrand, State Secretary from Hillsboro FFA, and Paige Teeters, State Vice President from Fairfield FFA. 

During the evening members completed tasks to identify ways that individuals and teams fail then created a plan of how failure will not stop one from succeeding. The group identified individuals that had much failure before they had success like Thomas Edison, Walt Disney, and Colonel Sanders.

Attending from Miami East-MVCTC FFA were Jadyn Bair, Maya Bowsher, Alex Fergerson, Brayden Link, Elisabeth Norman, and Brooklyn Taylor. 

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Felicity-Franklin FFA Hosts Local Coat Drive

By: Emma Robertson, Felicity-Franklin FFA Reporter


The Felicity-Franklin FFA hosted a coat drive to benefit local students through December 2020. The coats were donated by members of the local community by dropping off gently used coats, gloves, socks and hats in designated bins around the community. Coat bins were located at the Felicity Christian Church, Felicity Methodist Church, Debi’s Cut n’ Curl, The Felicity Middle School and High school offices and the Felicity Firehouse. The drive received over 100 donated items. 

A survey was distributed  to all elementary, middle and high school students to ask if they needed a winter coat, hat, gloves or socks. Students who were in need were shown a selection of coats to choose from and were given what they needed. Students were able to receive their coat in a discreet manner, to protect privacy and ensure that the kids were able to get what they needed. … Continue reading

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Felicity FFA Members Win National Titles

By: Emma Robertson, Felicity-Franklin FFA Reporter 

Felicity, Ohio- Felicity FFA members were recognized at the National FFA Convention in October for being National Finalists in several areas in October 2020. 

Felicity Franklin FFA members had a very successful year competing in the Agriscience Fair. Nine FFA members competed in the Agriscience Fair in various divisions. Audrey Pinger, Landen Tull, Gracie Davis, Jamiea Walsh, Emma Brandenburg, Ayla Rutherford, Kaylee Jennings, Joanna Hamilton, Faith Jennings, Addy Glassmeyer, and Olivia Taylor competed in the Agriscience Fair and were named State Champions of Ohio. All of them were invited to compete at the national level and were all selected as National Finalists. 

Faith Jennings and Ayla Rutherford competed in the FFA Agriscience Fair in the Food Products and Processing Division and were winners at the state level in 2020. At the National level, they were chosen as Top 3 finalists and then announced as the reserve champions in their division.… Continue reading

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Felicity FFA Wins Time Changes Scholarship

By: Emma Robertson, Felicity-Franklin FFA Reporter

Alexis Egner, Emma Robertson, Stacie Arthur. Second row: Lily Taulbee, Elizabeth Lindsey, Mattilyn Griffith. Third row: Connor Bauer, Matthew Johns, Robert Robertson. Fourth row: James O’Dell, Chad Brill, Jacob Arthur.

In October 2020, the Agricultural Business class at Felicity-Franklin High School got the opportunity to participate in a video competition and scholarship being put on by Nashville based country singer Stephanie Nash. The Time Changes Scholarship entailed FFA chapters making a video about what they love about agriculture. The contest is inspired by Nash’s new song Time Changes about her experiences growing up around and being a supporter of agricultural producers. The contest offered a monetary scholarship for winning chapters. 

The class was very interested in this contest and platform to show their passion for agriculture and earn money for their FFA Chapter. They used the prompt, “What do you love about agriculture and FFA?”… Continue reading

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Felicity FFA Parliamentary Procedure State Champions

By: Emma Robertson, Felicity-Franklin FFA Reporter

Parliamentary Procedure is a competition in which FFA members perform a meeting demonstrating a Parliamentary law in the setting of an FFA meeting. In the meeting, FFA members set up and execute a meeting overseen by a chairman with a secretary keeping minutes. The members must debate on motions while using rules of parliamentary procedure. 

These FFA members worked very hard and have practiced for months as a team preparing for the contest.  

On December 12, 2020, the Felicity Franklin FFA Novice Parliamentary Procedure Team competed in the state competition virtually from Felicity-Franklin High School. The team competed previously in sub-district and district contests, coming in first place at both. FFA members on the Novice Team were Addy Glassmeyer, Haley Broadwell, Gracie Davis, Faith Jennings, Stacie Arthur, Emerson Pinger, Savannah Metzger, Kaylee Jennings, Joanna Hamilton, Ayla Rutherford, and Emma Brandenburg. The team also had two alternates: Eden Myers and Elizabeth Lindsey.… Continue reading

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More State Success from A-C FFA Members

By: Audrey Butterbaugh, chapter reporter

Starting in early November of 2020, two Amanda-Clearcreek FFA members began their attempt at success in the Job Interview Career Development Event (CDE) by competing and qualifying for the County, District 7, and State contest. Junior, Sara Sharp, and Senior, Kaylee Sharp, put in endless hours of hard work at this CDE to earn their success for the A-C FFA Chapter.

On November 10th, Sara and Kaylee competed at the Fairfield County contest. Sara placed first in the junior division, while Kaylee placed second in the senior division. To move on to the District 7 contest, each participant had to place either first or second; therefore, both Kaylee and Sara advanced. Two other A-C FFA members, Madelyn Anderson (freshman division) and Karlee Parry (sophomore division) also competed in the county contest but both placed 3rd and could not advance. In FFA competitions, Fairfield County chapters provide stiff competition!… Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC FFA Launches Community Clunker Clean-Up

Get rid of those old, unused vehicles, boats, motorcycles, campers, and farm equipment while benefiting Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC). Through April 1, 2021, the Miami East-MVCTC FFA is ridding communities of unneeded vehicles and farm equipment. At no cost to you, RMHC will pick up the vehicle or equipment donation and tow it to the nearest auction location. All donations must have a certificate of title.

Have the ME FFA chapter code (OH0182) ready when calling 800-332-8201 to schedule a pick up. By participating in this program, your donation will help keep RMHC families with sick children near each other while receiving the care they need. 

Please contact call/text Chloe Gump at 937-541-9670 or the ME FFA Chapter for more info or help with the process at 937-335-7070 x3212. Let us know if you have something to donate! Just takes a phone call and they do the rest! Free removal and you get a tax credit!… Continue reading

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